United Airlines announces the launch of a first direct flight between Marrakech and New York


The airline United Airlines announced on Thursday the launch of new seasonal flights between Marrakech-Menara international airport and its main hub New York/Newark, with three weekly non-stop flights, which will begin on October 25, 2024.

Subject to the approval of government authorities, United Airlines will thus become the first and only airline to offer direct flights from Marrakech to the United States, the company indicates in a press release.

And to add that this flight will be operated by a United Airlines Boeing 767-300, equipped with a United PolarisSM Business Class cabin and a United Premium PlusSM cabin, with 46 United Polaris seats offering direct access to the aisle, 22 United Premium Plus seats for a more refined travel experience, and 99 economy seats, including 43 premium economy seats with extra legroom and greater personal space.

Quoted by the press release, Marcel Fuchs, director of international sales for United Airlines, said: “United continues to have the largest and most diverse transatlantic airline network, and we are pleased to announce this new additional expansion with new seasonal flights between Marrakech and New York/Newark”. “We are also proud to be the first and only airline to offer direct flights from Marrakech to the United States, allowing our customers in Morocco to enjoy convenient one-stop connections via our New York hub /Newark to 76 cities in the Americas,” he added.

For his part, the director general of the Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT), Adel El Fakir, stressed that this agreement “embodies our firm determination to promote the tourism industry in our country”, adding that this announcement is “historic for Morocco which becomes the first destination in North Africa to be served by one of the largest American airlines”.

“This link will help increase the number of tourists to Morocco from the American market,” he said, noting that in 2023, Morocco received 14.5 million international tourists, including 400,000 American tourists. “We hope this new route will expand our partnership with United Airlines and allow us to enter the US market on a larger scale.”

Furthermore, the company specifies that tickets for the new United Airlines flights to and from Marrakech will go on sale during the year 2024. The new Marrakech-New York route confirms “the leadership of United among U.S. airlines, as the largest transatlantic airline, serving directly to 39 transatlantic destinations, the largest number of destinations in its history and more than all other U.S. airlines combined,” the statement continued. .

The company will operate the largest number of flights to most destinations on the African continent from New York next winter. These new flights are expected to help expand United Airlines’ presence in Africa, building on its existing flights to Accra in Ghana, Lagos in Nigeria, as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

United Airlines remains the only airline to directly connect the United States to Dubrovnik, Malaga, Mallorca and Tenerife. The airline’s flight schedule for summer 2024 includes new services from Athens to Chicago O’Hare, from Faro to New York/Newark, from Barcelona to San Francisco and the resumption of the seasonal Reykjavik-New York service, as well as as additional flights from Rome and Brussels. United will also increase its summer seasonal flights between Malaga and New York to a daily frequency starting May 3, 2024. Additionally, the airline will resume some of its other most popular seasonal flights from Nice, Lisbon, Barcelona earlier , Rome, Milan and Naples, hoping to give guests more time and flexibility to explore popular destinations in the United States.

The company further indicates that United Polaris Business Class offers its customers a unique travel experience, placing great importance on their comfort. It offers them high-quality meals on all its flights, as well as massage products and services from TheraBody and Saks Fifth Avenue, and fully reclining seats with direct aisle access. As for the United Premium Plus seat, it stands out for its width with more room for legs and elbows, and a greater recline than the standard economy class seats, in addition to a set of amenities, a blanket from Saks Fifth Avenue and a soft pillow.

Providing additional legroom and greater personal space, United Economy Plus seats are located at the front of the economy cabin and offer the convenience of quick exit from the aircraft upon arrival. Economy Plus seats are available on all transatlantic flights.

United Economy seats offer free meals with various drinks and in-flight entertainment. The seats on most planes have adjustable headrests and an on-demand entertainment system.

Newark Liberty International Airport is located just 14 miles from Manhattan and offers the fastest transportation connections from various points in the city, including AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in downtown Manhattan, which only takes 30 minutes.

During the 2024 winter season, United Airlines is planning nearly 140 flights to more than 40 countries from New York. United’s Newark hub is its largest transatlantic gateway through which the airline plans to operate flights to 23 destinations in Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East.

United has the easiest route and nicest connection. With U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, DC, United covers one of the largest networks in North America and is currently considered the largest airline in miles around the world.

For more information about the United team, the company invites its customers to visit its website www.united.com.

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